Fire of Love

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Fire of Love
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Studio album by The Gun Club
Released August 31, 1981
Recorded Studio America and Quad Teck, Los Angeles, California
Genre Punk blues
Length 40:03
Label United States Ruby (original release)
Slash (first CD release)
Rhino (second CD release)
Superior Viaduct (third CD release)United Kingdom Beggars Banquet
France New Rose (original release)
Last Call (2000 CD reissue)
Spain Munster (2003 release)
New Zealand Big Time
Producer Chris D., Tito Larriva
The Gun Club chronology
- Fire of Love

Fire of Love is the debut album of the American punk band The Gun Club, released in 1981 on Ruby Records.[1]


The Flesh Eaters' singer Chris D. produced five tracks on the album ("Sex Beat", "Preaching the Blues", "Fire Spirit", "Ghost on the Highway" and "Jack on Fire") at Quad Teck with Pat Burnette engineering. Tito Larriva produced the album's other six tracks at Studio America with Noah Shark engineering. Chris D. was also credited with the cover design for the original release. Judith Bell was responsible for the bottle label illustrations on the rear of the cover.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars[4]

The album is considered groundbreaking in being the first of its kind to combine the hard, stripped-down sound of punk rock with American roots music.[5] In turn, this innovation helped to create the punk blues style as well as inspiring countless garage rock musicians. Several musicians have cited Fire of Love as an influence.

In media[edit]

In 2006, "Sex Beat" appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce; except where indicated

Side A:

  1. "Sex Beat"
  2. "Preaching the Blues" (Robert Johnson; arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce)
  3. "Promise Me"
  4. "She's Like Heroin to Me"
  5. "For the Love of Ivy" (Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Kid Congo Powers)
  6. "Fire Spirit"

Side B:

  1. "Ghost on the Highway"
  2. "Jack on Fire"
  3. "Black Train"
  4. "Cool Drink of Water" (Tommy Johnson; traditional, arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce)
  5. "Goodbye Johnny"


  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce - vocals, slide guitar, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Ward Dotson - guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Rob Ritter - bass
  • Terry Graham - drums
  • Tito Larriva - producer, violin on "Promise Me"
  • Chris D. - producer, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Lois Graham - backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Pat Burnette - engineer
  • Noah Shark - engineer



  1. ^ Green, Jim; Sprague, David (2007). "Gun Club". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Fire of Love". Allmusic. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Gun Club". Robert Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ columnist. "The Gun Club: Fire of Love". Uncut: 122. 
  5. ^ Note: – 1981.

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